Pamela Bell (AS ’71, B ’83) will reprise her role of Sook, cousin of Truman Capote, in the radio play “I Remember Christmas,” presented by Winchester Little Theatre as a dinner theatre at Jordan Springs Event Center in Stephenson, Virginia, December 13-15.
Carl Tanner (C ’85) will play the role of Radames in the San Diego Opera’s performance of “Aida.” Tanner was also featured in The San Diego Union-Tribune and Broadway World, where he discusses his interesting journey to opera.
John S. Arnold, Jr. (C ’92, ’94) opened the Little Noon Music concert series for the Handley Regional Library system on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Benjamin Franklin IV (C ’98) uses his skills as a circus performer to arrange and perform in the Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which premiered on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Santa Maria, California.
Ranee Reitz (C ’01) was named organist at St. Mark’s Church United Methodist Church in Easton, Maryland.
Adrienne Gaines (C ’02), a decorated military musician of the United States Army Bands, is currently working with the music department at Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong in Shanghai, China, on strengthening and promoting music education internationally and worldwide. (Pictured to the left.)
Danielle Beveridge Spriggs (C ’03, ’05) and Scott Spriggs had their first child, Corbin Sterling Spriggs, on Oct. 21, 2019, in Winchester, Virginia. (Pictured to the right.)
David Pedraza (C ’04) performed William Walton’s Concerto for Viola with the Manassas Symphony Oct. 26, 2019.
William D. Powell III (C ’04, ’12, ’13) is a member of the Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon band, which will perform “A John Denver Christmas” at the State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania on Dec. 5, 2019.
Sara Brunow (C ’05) was named the director of community engagement at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
Andrew Gorman (C ’05) was named the director of events for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce in San Antonio, Texas. (Pictured to the left.)
Krystal Taylor Dewalt (AS ’06) and two colleagues started a non-profit mental health agency, Connected Communities Inc. in March 2017, and DeWalt welcomed her second child, Abigail Grace DeWalt, in July 2018. (Pictured to the right.)
Ashley McManamay Jenkins (C ’06) and David Jenkins (AS ’07) welcomed their first child, Mack Oliver Jenkins, on Oct. 11, 2019. (Pictured to the left.)
Eric Schwartz (AS ’06) and Maura Sherlach Schwartz (C ’06) welcomed a daughter, Olivia Grace Schwartz, on Oct. 20, 2019.
“Popular Music in Higher Education: Finding the Balance,” an article by Robert Larson (C ’08) was published by the College Music Society (CMS). (Pictured to the right.)
Kyle Masson (C ’12) traveled to Italy to study a 300-year-old opera manuscript score by Antonio Cesti at the Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi in Venice.
Father James O’Reilly (C ’12) led mass for Shenandoah’s Catholic Campus Ministries in Oct. 2019. (Pictured to the left.)
Carolyn Taylor (AS ’14, P ’18) married Dylan Derflinger (AS ’16) on Oct. 12, 2019, in the Halpin Rotunda of the Health & Life Sciences Building. Allison Taylor (AS ’15) was the maid of honor and the bridal party was dressed in Shenandoah’s colors of red and blue. (Pictured to the right.)
Mary Kogler (AS ’15) married Kyle Gladu (AS ’12, B ’12, ’13) on Sept. 21, 2019, in Curtis Bay, Maryland, and Emily Kogler (AS ’15), Samantha Schambach (AS ’15) and Juli Carbone (AS ’15) were in attendance. Their wedding colors were Shenandoah’ colors of red and blue. (Pictured to the left.)
Lara Treacy (C ’15) will play Zona Heaster in Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s performance of “The Greenbrier Ghost.”
Katherine Hyde (C ’16) and Tierney McDermott Inabinet (C ’16) visited junior music education majors in the Elementary Music Methods class on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, to share their beginning lessons for introducing ukulele to fourth graders.
MacKenzie Witt (N ’16) married Richard Bonnett III on Oct. 7, 2017, and Christine Lipovsky Funk (AS ’14) was in attendance. They also welcomed their son, Greyson Thorne Bonnett, on June 4, 2019. (Pictured to the right.)
Jacob Payne (B ’17) was chosen in the fifth and final phase of the 2019 XFL Draft by the St. Louis BattleHawks in October 2019.
Denisa Banasova (AS ’19) married Kyle Denning (AS ’19) in Sarah’s Glen on May 25, 2019, and Matthew Murray (B ’18) was in attendance. (Pictured to the left.)
Johanna Eisen Horn (C ’19), along with her research partner, received the 2019 Virginia Nursing Association Mind Matters Conference best overall poster for their research “The Psychosocial Benefits of Music Therapy for Hospitalized Antepartum Patients: A Case Series” on Sept. 21, 2019.
Elaine M. Foster (C ’47), of Lake Ridge, Virginia, passed away on Sept. 16, 2019. Elaine was an accomplished musician and was also known for being a teacher, researcher and scholar. In her retirement, Elaine was assigned a desk as a researcher at the Library of Congress, where she authored “Stories in Stained Glass” and contributed three of the fourteen chapters of “Capital Witness.” She also dove deep into her family’s history and genealogy. She is survived by her four children and their families: William H. and Catherine Alvarez; Nancy Kathryn Foster and Robert Breed; Marcia Elaine Foster; and Holly Jeanne Foster. She is also survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Marilyn M. Stewart (C ’62), of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away on Oct. 30, 2019. Marilyn was a gifted pianist, who played across the Washington, D.C. area for many years. She and her husband, David Breckenridge Stewart, spent more than 50 years dedicated to their musical careers and their German Shepherds, whom Marilyn loved to run through their beloved tree farm with. Marilyn was well-traveled and had fond memories of cycling through the German and Austrian Alps. She is survived by several nieces and nephews: Susan Stewart-Kelley, Duncan (Rocky) Stewart, Cammie Allen, Shannon Hayes, Karen Morris, and Laura Hayes.
Joan E. Funkhouser (’72), of Winchester, Virginia, passed away on Oct. 16, 2019. Joan was employed as a program manager at the Federal Aviation Administration. Joan was a member of the Winchester Police Department Volunteers in Policing for 25 years. Joan was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Winchester and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Winchester, Virginia. She loved traveling, cooking, singing and decorating. She is survived by a brother, Anthony Funkhouser and his wife, Cathy and an honorary sister, Peggy Julian.
Edward L. Komski (AS ’80), of Burlington, Vermont, passed away on Nov. 12, 2019. Ed was a lifelong musician, accomplished banker, businessman and entrepreneur. He was very involved in the California State Grange, specifically the Rainbow Valley Grange where he held many positions. He also enjoyed mentoring other professionals and working with people from all walks of life. He is survived by his wife Cynthia Lynn and daughter Aspen Lee. He also leaves behind his mother, Helen R. Komski; his brother, Stanley J. Komski; his sister-in-law, Victoria Troiano Komski; as well as his father-in-law, Daniel L. Plies; his brother-in-law, Robert Edward Nelson; his sister-in-law, Debra Ann Nelson; his nephew, Tate Robert Nelson; his niece, Karleigh Ann Komski; and his nephew, Zackery James Komski.
William S. Turgeon, Jr. (AS ’02), of Round Hill, Virginia, passed away on Oct. 12, 2019. Bill taught for 17 years at Riverbend Middle School, earning Teacher of the Year several times, and being read into the Virginia Legislature as an Outstanding Teacher and Educator. Bill was a high school wrestler and loved the outdoors and in scouting, earned the Arrow of Light and rank of Eagle Scout. He also earned the Faith in God and Duty to God religious awards. Doing genealogy recently, Bill learned of documented proof that his two fifth great-grandfathers on his paternal grandmother’s side fought in the Revolutionary War, making him a Son of the American Revolution. During his lifetime, he and his wife, Jill, toured 49 of the 50 states, only missing Alaska. He is survived by parents, Kathleen and William; his sisters, Dynette and Suzette; his wife, Jill; his daughters, Kathleen and Megan; his son, Zachary; and his three grandchildren, Van, Finley and Olive.
Gretchen Scothorn Cooley (AS ’03), of Stephens City, Virginia, passed away on Oct. 16, 2019. Gretchen was a sunday school teacher and member of Grace United Methodist Church in Middletown, Virginia. Gretchen was an English teacher at the beginning of her career, but was a librarian until January 2019. Gretchen is survived by her husband Smith Downing Cooley; her children, Keller Andrew Cooley and Corinne Paige Cooley; her parents, Gary Lee and Linda Darlene Oates Scothorn along with her brother K.C. Scothorn and numerous cousins.